An Emotionally Charged Opening to One of Fighting Games’ Most Celebrated Events…

By on March 4, 2012 at 9:41 am

If you needed a catharsis FGC, here it is. If there was any doubt in your mind that we were a culture of solidarity, you can silence it. March 2nd began the first day of Final Round, one of the biggest tournaments in the fighting game community. To some of you, the notion that this year marks the tournament’s 15th anniversary is something you are well aware of. To others, it is an astoundingly impossible feat. In a time where a lot of us feel that lingering trepidation around us– Shinblanka’s opening speech keeps us level. It takes those moments of fear that circumstance seems to impose on us out of the equation, even if it’s just for those 3 minutes in that video. Even if it’s for one hell of a weekend and one of the biggest spotlights in the FGC. What you may call saccharine I see as beautiful, and if there’s anything the tears in this man’s eyes can attest to — it is that the blood sweat and toil he has put into this event for the last 15 years has been worth it. 100 percent.  I can go on and on about it, but his words speak a lot more than mine ever could here.

Happy Birthday Final Round. You kept my head up.

Source: Dubdesignnet’s Youtube, Team Spooky’s Final Round Stream,

Zaid Tabani has been contributing a steady stream of artistic content into the community ever since the resurgence of the fighting game boom. He's been responsible for many well known projects, including(but not limited to) the EVO 2K10 Intro Videos, The EVO 2K11 Theme Song(along with multiple other community members), the documentary series Run It Back and the upcoming film RANBAT. He was even featured in Capcom's "SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV 3D EDITION" commercial, due to his prior work with EVO. He also likes to dress up as a bat occasionally and fight a psychotic crusade against crime. That last part was a joke. Kinda.